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For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2020

Media Contact:
Cristina Pinzon 908.447.3964


PERTH AMBOY, NEW JERSEY- The City of Perth Amboy continues readiness efforts for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and any potential effects on the community. Citizens are encouraged to utilize available resources to maintain awareness and to observe healthy practices.

“Being properly informed and following proper hygiene and hand washing techniques is important,” said OEM Coordinator Larry Cattano. “We can all play a vital role in curtailing the spread of the virus with simple steps.”

The City OEM is working closely with county, state and federal agencies, including the New Jersey State Department of Health (NJDOH) which has opened a public information line to answer questions about the situation. To speak to a trained healthcare professional, the public should call 1-800-222-1222.

“We are working closely with our community partners and government agencies to prepare for any local public health response,” said Cattano.

Citizens are encouraged to follow healthy practices, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (only if soap and water are not available)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Avoid non-essential travel

The City of Perth Amboy recommends that the public take these practices seriously to protect themselves and vulnerable residents. This group includes seniors and people with underlying and chronic medical conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) continually update online information regarding COVID-19.


“We are in regular contact with our community partners as we continue to monitor the situation,” said Mayor of Perth Amboy Wilda Diaz. “Our priority is always preparedness as we continue to work to ensure the health and safety of our citizens.”